Anyone who knows me knows that I have an unhealthy obsession with the Smith brand, particularly Will Smith. But I also love his gorgeous wife Jada, his son Trey (from his first wife), his son Jaden aka "The Karate Kid", and his youngest, Willow Smith.
As a youngster, I was enamored with the Fresh Prince. He seemed like a pretty clean-cut guy who was still cool! I loved it; that's who I wanted to be. Judge me, that's fine. The weird thing about my crush, was, that it wasn't dampened by his courtship and eventual marriage to Jada Pinkett. I rooted for them; I wanted him to be happy. And then, as they had eponymous children, Willow and Jaden, I rooted for Black Hollywood's outrageously successful family.
Unlike most people, I'm a fan of both Will the actor and Will the hip-hop artist. So while most of you all were formally introduced to Willow over the past couple months with her smash hit, "Whip My Hair", I became familiar with her on Will Smith's 2002 LP, "Born to Reign." Track #6, "Willow is A Player" is a reggae-influenced track, where Will sings about his love for his then 2-year-old daughter. It's corny -- the lyrics include, "every eye tied to her as she steps out the crib" and "what make it so crazy... I met her through my wife." It's corny.... but it's cute.
I remember the day I first heard Willow's Whip My Hair track.